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New software program designed to make nutrient management reporting easier

May 01, 2007

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Agriculture and University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources) have announced the release of a new software program that is designed to make annual nutrient management implementation reporting easier for farmers and farm operators.

Nutrient Management Reporter for Maryland (NuMan Reporter) is a Windows-based software program that ties in closely with the reporting requirements of the Maryland Nutrient Management Program.

"Nutrient management plans help farmers protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries by balancing crop nutrient needs with fertilizer applications," said state Agriculture Secretary Roger L. Richardson. "Our goal in developing this software program with the University of Maryland is to make nutrient management reporting as easy and efficient as possible for our state's farmers and nutrient management consultants."

Maryland's nutrient management regulations require farmers to maintain a current plan and file an annual implementation report with MDA by March 1 of each year. These reports describe how farmers implemented their nutrient management plans during the previous cropping season. NuMan Reporter simplifies the reporting process for farmers and works in conjunction with the nutrient management software programs, NuMan MD and NuMan Pro.

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NuMan Reporter allows farmers to edit files, confirm recommended nutrient application rates, and input actual field nutrient applications. The program also enables users to develop summary reports that satisfy MDA nutrient management reporting requirements. Importantly, anyone can use NuMan Reporter, even if they do not have NuMan MD or NuMan Pro.

Individuals who are familiar with NuMan MD or NuMan Pro should find the software fairly easy to use. Additionally, a "Help" file is built into the program to assist first time users. For those requiring additional assistance, Maryland Cooperative Extension (MCE) will offer NuMan Reporter training workshops at locations throughout the state.

NuMan Reporter software may be downloaded free of charge from the AGNR web site at www.agnr.umd.edu/users/numan/reporter/.

To order a free CD of NuMan Reporter or obtain information on training workshops, contact the MCE Nutrient Management Program at 301-405-1318 or the Maryland Nutrient Management Program at 410-841-5959.

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